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World Summit on Sustainable Development, South Africa 2002

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Subject: Rio+10 "Progress in Land and Agriculture" E-Conference: Message 1

Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 21:02:11 +0100

From: RIO10-Moderator

To: "'RIO10-L@mailserv.fao.org'" Message 1 - Welcome

Dear Colleagues, It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the Electronic Conference entitled "Toward Rio+10 and Beyond: Progress in Land and Agriculture". As preparations accelerate for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio +10) in 2002, we wish to take this opportunity to collaboratively assess the challenges and opportunities for "Land and Agriculture" leading to the Summit and beyond. The main purpose of this electronic event is to provide a forum for international exchange from multiple perspectives to review and enrich the Task Managers' joint report for Chapters 10, 12, and 14 of Agenda 21. By taking into account the contributions to this and other events, the document delivered to the CSD Secretariat will best reflect the diversity of expertise, experience and conditions world-wide. Additionally, we look to your help in capturing success stories and lessons learned in order to offer guidance on the next steps to sustain the land and agriculture in the new century. We would like to emphasize the importance in our view of this event, both in terms of the topic and the consultative process of discussion and debate. We have a singular opportunity to confirm the continuing significance of agriculture and land to sustainable development for the future. We look to you now, our E-Conference participants, to provide your critical insights and innovative ideas to identify the trends and point the way forward. With this message, we formally open the E-Conference. We would like to thank you all again for taking the time to join us. We look forward to your valuable contributions and participation over the coming weeks. Sincerely, Parviz Koohafkan Task Manager for Chapter 10 Timo Maukonen Task Manager for Chapter 12 Eric Kueneman Task Manager for Chapter 14

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